Students gather in a res hall room

To aid students in their planning process the Residence Life Office posts important dates for the current and upcoming academic year. Please refer to the dates below when making travel arrangements to and from Cornell. Students are not permitted in their residence hall room before the time indicated and must vacate their residence hall room by the time indicated. No exceptions are allowed. Students who find it necessary to arrive earlier or depart later are expected to make alternative off-campus arrangements.

Please note the information found on the corresponding links are for the current academic year and are available for reference only.  Links pertaining to fall semester dates will be updated over winter break and links pertaining to spring semester dates will be updated over the summer to reflect information for the following academic year.

Event

Time

2019 - 2020

2020 - 2021

2021-2022

Residence halls open for new students

8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Residence halls open for transfer students

9:00 a.m.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, September 4, 2020

Friday, August 20, 2021

Residence halls open for returning students

9:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Last day to change meal plans for fall semester

4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Fall break begins (residence halls remain open)

11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Monday, November 22, 2021

Living & Learning Community application process begins*

4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Resident Assistant selection begins 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 Monday, December 7, 2020 Monday, December 6, 2021

Residence halls close for winter break

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Residence halls re-open for all students for spring semester

9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Last day to change meal plans for spring semester

4:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Off-Campus lottery begins*

8:00 a.m.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday, January 18, 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

Spring break begins (residence halls remain open)

8:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Thursday, March 3, 2022
Room Selection Information Table* 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Wednesday, March 16, 2022
8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Tuesday, April 16, 2021 Tuesday, March 15, 2022
8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday, March 17, 2022
General housing selection numbers draw* 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Singles, triples and quads selection* 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Doubles selection* 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thursday, April 1, 2021

 

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Late room draw* 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Residence halls close for non-graduating students

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Residence halls open for full summer housing students

1:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 7, 2021

Friday, May 6, 2022

Residence halls close for all graduating students

5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday, May 9, 2021 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Residence halls open for ten-week summer students

1:00 p.m..

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Residence halls close for ten-week summer students

5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Full summer students transition to fall housing assignments

1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday, August 6, 2021 Friday, August 5, 2022

*Note: These are housing selection dates for currently enrolled students. Additional information is available on the associated links.  Prospective students and incoming first-year or transfer students should refer to our fall opening web page for information about your housing process.